1 Year Kung Fu Training in Kunyu Mountains, Shandong

  • Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, Kunyu District, Yantai, China

Overview

Kung Fu Training in China

Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy is a traditional Shaolin Kung Fu school in China. We welcome foreign students who want to learn and train in traditional Shaolin martial arts. Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy is a legitimate Kung Fu training facility that has been authorized by Chinas Ministry of Education Sports Department and acknowledged by the local government.

Highlights

  • Learn Wing Chun, Preying Mantis, and Tai Chi
  • Study Bagua palm, Xingyi fist, kickboxing, and Sanda
  • Shaolin Kung Fu training with the masters Monday through Friday
  • Learn Mandarin, Taoism, Calligraphy, acupuncture, and massage
  • Meals with vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary options
  • Get a school certificate after completing your training
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 1 year accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 261 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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Accommodations are taken very seriously at our school and seen as an important factor of successful training. The students will stay at the dormitory located within the vicinity of the Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy. Each dorm room may accommodate one to two students depending on the room size.

Each room has one or two single beds with sheets and beddings, desks, wardrobes, washbasins, and free drinking water. All rooms are equipped with heating systems for the winter season. There are also shared bathrooms and washrooms.

There will be a 15 USD deposit for the room, which will be refunded when you leave the academy. If you want to stay in a better room, there is a hotel about three hundred meters from the academy. However it would cost an additional fee of 380 USD per month.

Browsing the internet will cost 0.25 USD for an hour in the internet room. Students can have internet access in their own respective rooms at a 25 USD per month cost. Private internet use in the students rooms is same fee.

Students age group and training duration

There are courses of different lengths that span from one month or less, to five years. Our students ages range from 6 to 70 years old, because Chinese Kung Fu is suitable for all ages to learn. Here is no maximum of age to come, but there is a minimum of it. For kids, it is better to come with parent. Each year we have family groups to come here to train with their kids together.

The study includes all male and a female student who is 16 years and older. Younger students of the less than 16 years old are accepted if they are accompanied with their parent or older relatives particularly a brother or a sister. Ensuring there is good quality teaching, every master is supposed to manage seven students in the winter and less than fifteen students in the summer. This will ensure high quality martial arts training on a personal level and assure a close family atmosphere in the group.

Many martial arts in China are mostly developed for the middle age and seniors to grasp. They include the old Qi Gong, ba duan jin, the yi jin jing, and meditation that gives students a better health and aids in developing the Kung Fu skills and healing disease. Every student can get a customized plan for training. The students may choose the length according to their personal schedule and unique passion for Chinese Kung Fu.

Beginners

Beginners can introduced to learn Shaolin include the basics of Shaolin, traditional Qi Gong, two short Shaolin quan forms, one weapon routine, carrying out combat and an additional Tai Chi Quan lessons to start with,then,after some time training,you can perform intermediate or advanced Kung Fu,and students can optional to learn Wing Chun, Baji, Xingyi, Bagua, or Preying Mantis to learn basics, a routine, one weapon form and Qi Gong,then the students can change their classes after trying for several days to decide if the training is what they want to master in the coming days and then take an extensive training on the styles chosen.

Experienced students

Students with previous martial arts training will be quicker to learn and will learn advance martial arts. If you are as an already established Kung Fu expert, you can get a higher level martial arts training and master more complex moves, combat skills, and internal skills with higher morality. We welcome advanced students wishing to study by challenging the masters.

Long term training

During the one year term, you will study philosophy of Shaolin martial arts, 7 - 12 advanced forms of martial arts, handling of three to five weapons, action application, martial arts theory, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Chinese kickboxing, yi jin jing, ba duan jin, punches and kicks, Mandarin, Taoism, Calligraphy, acupuncture, and massage.

Training overview

Training traditional Kung Fu in our academy includes many different fist and weapon forms plus their applications and contact sparring as well as the Qi Gong. The academy teaches other internal styles that include Taiji (Tai Chi) and Wudang, Wing Chun and Baji, Bagua and Xingyi, and the Mantis style alongside traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. Each of the styles that have been mentioned above has its own classes plus students can be able to choose and learn more than one style.

The Kung Fu styles listed on our website all have a corresponding class here (Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Wudang, Baji, Tai Chi fist, Mantis and Bagua palm, Xingyi fist, Qi Gong, kickboxing, etc.). You can also choose any class form for optional cultural classes (Mandarin, acupuncture and massage, as well as calligraphy) for free in the everning.

Shaolin temple ranking system

The ranking system at Shaolin Temple has 9 levels. The 9 level is the highest someone can achieve in Shaolin Gong Fu that the level can only be awarded after a lifetime of commitment to it. If you are determined enough and willing to study for 3 years, you can attain a middle rank of either level 3 or 4.

Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy schedule

Daily schedule Monday to Friday

06:00 - 07:00 Qi Gong / Tai Chi

07:10 - 08:00 Breakfast

08:30 - 10:00 Morning training

10:30 - 11:30 Morning training

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

14:30 - 16:00 Afternoon training

16:30 - 17:30 Qi Gong & Xingyi (Monday - Thursday), Calligraphy & Taoism (Friday)

18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

19:00 - 19:40 Mandarin (Monday - Wednesday), Acupuncture & massage (Thursday), Buddhism theory (Friday)

22:00 - 05:50 Bed time

Shaolin Kung Fu

The introduction of Shaolin Kung Fu

China Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the greatest forms of martial arts; it has gained a lot of popularity in the recent past. Its movements are rapid, quick, and forceful. This martial art demands energy, rapid, and forceful actions. For one, it has produced great masters in the history of China and also boasts a variety of techniques and philosophies that increase the spiritual growth in both young children and adults. In fact, Shaolin martial arts also involve training on culture tradition and helps students deepen their knowledge about "the Chinese way". Our students love and appreciate learning this wonderful art and taking advantage of all its benefits.

5 major Shaolin Kung Fu schools

There are five major schools of Shaolin Kung Fu: Song mountain Shaolin, Fujian Shaolin, Guangdong Shaolin, Siquan Shaolin, and Hubei Shaolin. It started with small schools and styles within the Shaolin art. Nowadays, we can say they are northern and southern Shaolin. The Shaolin is rich and colorful in its contents. Some of main boxing routines include Dahong quan (Quan means boxing), Xiaohong quan, Pao quan, Luohan quan, Zhaoyang quan, Tongbei quan, Plum Blossom quan, Long quan, Steven start quan, Yin quan, soft quan, and others lots of kinds of application an combats skills. Some of them are relevant with health keeping Kung Fu, medicine, and Qi Gong, etc., they are all parts of very important cultural tradition.

Weapons

Shaolin staff is very important part in Shaolin weapon; there are Shao Huo staff, Qi Mei staff, Liu He stick, Yun Yang stick, Pai stick, Monkey staff, Da Mo staff, etc.

Spear: 27 famous spear, 33 famous spear, Six-he spear, Yang style spear, Luo style spear, etc.

Shaolin single broadsword, Mei Hu broadsword, Gun Tang, Qian Kun, 7 star sword, tiger head hook, 9 sections whip, etc.

Other locking joints techniques, pressing points, soft Qi Gong, Hard Qi Gong, iron sand palm, Shaolin 72 techniques, etc.

Training by Shaolin monks

Due to this diverse variety, there are lots of techniques of Shaolin martial arts. Our Shaolin monk trains you on the styles that you want to pursue. The monks in school are highly qualified, as they require theory, flexibility, strength, and even the ability to endure pain. This is one of martial arts that preach non-violence and other principles that enhance wellness. The monks will normally undergo intense training (for mind and body) to create resilience and bring out the importance of having mental, spiritual, and physical harmony. In fact, China takes pride in having some of the greatest masters in martial arts. All this is practiced in a Shaolin monastery. Age does not determine who can train for Shaolin Kung Fu.

Shaolin Kung Fu training techniques

Hooking hand - is seldom used in Shaolin boxing and is widely used in Mantis boxing, 5-animal boxing, wuzi boxing, etc.

Claw - varies in different types and techniques i.e. dragon claw, monkey claw, eagle claw, tiger claw, 5-flower claw, etc.

Fist - being the most commonly used hand type in Shaolin boxing, it has several techniques i.e. Biao fist, Yang fist, Yin fist, crashing fist, chopping fist, flying fist, etc.

Elbow - the complement of hand technique. Holding fist and curving elbow rushing forward the opponents chest or abdomen is called rushing heart elbow.

Foot technique - one of the important basics in Shaolin boxing, which includes forward step, retreat step, jump step, flying step, moving step, hopping step, etc.

Leg techniques - front stretch, side stretch, higher side stretch, backward leg, highest lever front stretch, highest lever side stretch, treading leg, front kick, side kick, reverse kick, front-flipping leg, empty-flipping leg.

Jump technique - is a kind of sports that combines with foot technique and leg technique.

Acrobatic techniques - wheel turning and flying turning.

Kung Fu stances - horse riding stance and bow stance.

Wing Chun

The introduction of Wing Chun

Wing Chun (also wing tsun or Yong chun in Chinese) Kung Fu is a splendid Chinese southern internal fist style. There is a saying that there is Tai Chi in the north and Wing Chun in the south. Wing Chun has a rich 200 years history, but it is less popular than other Kung Fu style. Wing Chun fist originally was the precious combating martial art, popular in minority folks. With continuous improvements by descendants and with the development of society, it has become a great historical treasure in the history. Originally, only rich young men could have the chance to learn this martial art, which was called Shaoye fist (shaoye means a son of a rich family). But nowadays, people learn its practical value, wisdom, and connotation.

Wing Chun in Chinese culture

Chinese martial arts are extensive, profound, and have a long history. It is more complicated than other martial arts systems. In Chinese martial arts, more than half the fist forms imitate animals. With observations of animals and with their own wisdom, martial arts ancestors were so smart that they created fist forms which embodied the characters of animals. This embodies the core spirit of Chinese Kung Fu culture that Tao (in Taoism) comes from the nature; universe and human being are combined. This also suggests a profound eastern cultural connotation. In Chinese Kung Fu training, there are many animal fist forms such as: tiger form, eagle form, snake form, mantis form, etc. They are filled with mystery and reach a peak of perfection. However, Wing Chun was also created with animal enlightenment by Chinese Kung Fu ancestors.

The origin of Wing Chun

There are many stories about the The originof Wing Chun. Among these, the one that it was created by a nun Wumei is the most popular and known by many people. It is said that southern Shaolin temple was burnt by the Qing government in the year of emperor Kangxi (1654 - 1722), five masters (with high Kung Fu ability) survived that big fire. Of all the masters, Wumei fled to Daliang Mountain which lies in the border of Siquan and Yunnan province. The other four masters are Zhishan, Baimei, Feng, Daode, and Miaoxia.

After arriving at Daling Mountain, by chance Wumei saw a snake and a crane fighting and got the fighting principles (crane attacks the center and snake moves flexibly). Then she created a new martial art system which was different from her own fist style, and changed Chang Qiao Da Ma (forceful and bold) to Duan Qiao Zhai Ma. It focuses on borrowing power, defending, and attacking at same time, protecting and using your center and winning with smart force.

The birth of Wing Chun comes from snake and crane, but it is different from the other animal fist. Therefore, Wing Chun is not purely imitating food hunting or fighting motions of a single animal, but it comes from the enlightenment of fighting between snake and crane, combining the motions of snake and crane together.

Fatefully, Wumei saved Yan Yongchun, who was being forced to marry to someone by a bully, and taught Yongchun her fist form. After that, Yan got married with Liang Bochou who was from Jiangxi province and taught Liang this fist form as well. Learning this fist form helped Liang to win against other people for a long time, but he had no idea what the name of this form was. As he learned it from Yan Yongchun, he named it Yongchun fist to show his appreciation. Yongchun was spread by people since then. Liang Bochou then passed it to his nephew Liang Langui, who later passed it to the performers of a theatrical troupe named Foshan Red Boat: Huang Huabao, Liang Erdi, and Lujin. Huang and Liang introduced it to a Foshan person, Liangzan. Lujin passed it to two Foshan people: Feng Shaoqing and Guo Baoquan.

Feng Shaoqing was employed as a sergeant after learning Wing Chun fist and spent most of his lifetime fighting, earning his life. With the superior martial arts ability, he could survive and enjoy the rest of his life back in Foshan after retiring from his career. At the same time, Ruan Qishan who was from a rich family had an interest in Wing Chun, and learned from Wing Chun Master Guo Baojin.

Hearing that Feng Shaoqing had gone back to Foshan living as a hermit, he went with a large amount of money to ask him for training. Through several years of hard work, Ruan Qishans skill matured and became famous around the Foshan area. Ruan Qishan had a talent to digest all the martial arts knowledge scientifically, mastering fist, wooden dummy, sword, and staff.

He was called Yongchun San Xiong together with Ipman and Yaocai. This title made Ruan Qishan a legend. After that, he taught all his skills to Cenneng (1926 - 2002). To make a living, when he was only thirteen years old, Cenneng sold desserts in a restaurant. The food maker and Wing Chun master Zhangbao liked him a lot so he took him as a disciple and taught him.

They recommended him to learn medical arts from Wei Yusheng. Training very hard and having a good talent, he was appreciated by Zhangbaos best friend, Ruan Qishan. Zhangbao recommended him to learn from Ruan Qishan. Later Ruan Qishan passed the whole system to him. Cengneng inherited from his master Zhangbao, passed on Wing Chun and got the teachings from Ruan Qishan. Then he set up a medical museum in Guangzhou to teach Wing Chun fist, taking in lots of disciples.

He promoted Wing Chun at maximum in Guangzhou, and was named as The father of Guangzhou Wing Chun and the most talented martial arts genius in one hundred years as well. He was also called the great Wing Chun master in Guangzhou and a great master in modern Wing Chun. Untill the generation of Huang Huabao and Liang Erdi, there were only word records about Wing Chun. These two people worked in theatrical troupe named Red Boat. After retiring from their career, they respectively passed on Wing Chun to a Foshan person, Liangzan.

Liangzan, whose nickname is Mr. Zan, was a very famous and rich Chinese doctor in Canton, and a top martial artist as well. But he seldom mentioned to people what Kung Fu it was that he learnt. Through his life, he only had four or five disciples, and two of them were his sons.

From the time of Chen Huashun, Wing Chun had stepped into a half-publicly teaching state. At that time, to learn Wing Chun was very expensive. People who wanted to learn had to go to the master with money. The price was as high as the real estate value of several streets. So people who had the chance to study Wing Chun were all rich young men.

Ip Man was one of the rich young men in Foshan. Ip Man followed Chen Shunhua, learning Wing Chun since he was very young, and came to Hongkong to study. By accident, he met Liangbi who was the son of Liangzan and did business in Hongkong. Then he followed Liangbi, practicing Wing Chu in Hongkong and returnd to Foshan again.

At the end of 1949, Ip Man started living on teaching Wing Chun in Hongkong. Since then, Wing Chun fist started to be widely passed and introduced.The biggest characteristic of Wing Chun is Duan Qiao Zhai Ma, which is suitable for people without any martial arts basics to learn, and can make those people become top fighters. For people who have martial arts basics, they will be more excellent at this point.

Wing Chuns characteristic

Wing Chun fist is scientific and humanized and its strong point lies in fighting closely; punching is fast, guarding is continuous, and horse stance is flexible to move quickly, defense and attack are at same time, hardness and softness are combined, and energy is not easy to be consumed.

Based on theories, skill mysteries and body gestures, Wing Chun has basic forms such as Xiao Nian Tou, Xun Qiao, Biao Zhi, and wooden dummy form. Additionally, there are specific Wing Chun fist forms in Canton: Wing Chun Twelve Seeds (from Master Zhang Baozong in Foshan); weapon forms like Ba Zhan Dao and Liu Dian Ban Gun. When practicing forms, we practice sticky hands and practice reactions after touching each other.

There is a kind of Cun Jin which is a way to make power for attack and defense. From theories and skills mysteries, it pays more attention to attack the center line, keep elbows down, always face opponents central line and react correspondently, keep consciousness of offense and defense on both sides of body, try to catch opponents attacking movements and give him a smooth push when escaping, attack immediately when there is no feeling of opponents arm, etc. It is particular about attacking and defending with as short distance as possible and as quick as possible.

Additionally, there is another way to study Wing Chun - Teng Quan, which contains three main ways to practice body gestures and skills mysteries. To practice the angle, direction, and power with the limited space inside the Teng Quan can help improve the flexibility and softness of shoulder, elbow and wrist, and enhancing the coordination of hands.

Through the interaction between Qiao Shou (former part of arm) and Teng Quan, the hearing ability, and the conditioning ability of Qiao Shou can be improved. It also helps to express precisely the main requirements of Wing Chun such as: make use of center and guard the center, drop the shoulders, and keep chest and back straight.

Thus, people who practice Wing Chun can make use of center theory and offensive and defensive techniques consciously, laying a solid foundation for future study, and sparring. Moreover, people who practice Wing Chun Teng Quan can also improve the ability of self-saving and counterattack ability when hands are controlled.

Wing Chun twelve seeds

Wing Chun twelve seeds is the most basic form of Wing Chun fist. It takes the intensive defense and attack of central line as the substance. As for its offensive characteristic: punching is at same time as kicking and steps move at same time as your palm. In this way, it doesnt give the opponent any chance to counterattack. For the twelve seeds, it does not pay attention to the good looks, but it focuses on practical use. And each move has deep meaning and various applications. For the trainers, there are lots of things to practice and they will never feel tired of doing this. To learn Wing Chun well, firstly you have to learn the twelve seeds form well and you need to know what a "central line" and "Cun Jin" are, hoping all these will offer beginners some inspiration.

Modern Wing Chun

Modern Wing Chun Fist was mainly spread in Guangdong, Fujian, and other places. With the development in recent years and the influence of films and TV series, it has spread rapidly into hundreds of countries in China, Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, Oceania, etc. Currently, it has become a compulsory combat skill that is often mastered by multinational agents and Special Forces. It has become one of the martial arts that is most widely spread and has the largest amount of learning people. It is a practical combat martial art which has rich culture of humanity and the poise of a gentleman.

Qi Gong (Qi Gong)

Qi is the foundation of life

Many theories have been developed about what really supports life. But the Chinese traditional culture stresses that it is the major type of Qi is Yuan Qi where everything stems from. It is the vital foundation for human physical and mental transformation. The essence of Qi is emphasized by the vital role it plays in defending against diseases as taught by Chinese medicine. If people commit to exercising Qi then they can enhance Yuan Qi and perfect the functionality of blood dissemination system.

Qi Gong is not conceived in isolation as it encompasses the natural aspect of life. One has to be in control of your mind by ensuring it is a peace, making your body comfortable and taking control of your breathing. Regular practice results into a healthier body and recognition of its ability and the inner energy you possess. The importance of Chinese contemporary culture of merging Qi Gong, their medicine and Martial Arts has been recognized in modern science and appreciated worldwide. Masters here also teach students healing Qi Gong that will be very helpful for health.

The origin of Qi Gong

The The originof Qi Gong can be traced back to ancient history of Chinese and has evolved to the current famous sects namely; Yi, Ru, Tao, Buddha, and Wu. The four sects have a common goal of achieving morality, good health, and gaining self-control .Yi sect emphasizes on living longer by establishing healthy habits.

Buddha sect encourages self-control and being conscious of ones actions in life. Wu sect focuses on enhancing the knowledge, skills and acceptance of Martial Arts. In Song Dynasty, Da Ma Zhusi initiated the Shaolin Qi Gong which is the treasure of historical Chinese Qi Gong. It is a kind of meditation thats blends Buddhism and Taoism to recognize and develop your energy in life. The development of the inner Gong Fu has resulted into appreciating the impact of the sun and moon.

Qi Gongs characteristics

Through progressive learning masters of this art nowadays arouse their inner dormant power. This may result into Qi wittingly mixed with hardness and softness. Having control over your mind can help direct Qi to strengthen any body part for defense against physical and disease attacks. This form of Gong Fu can enhance your character and body accomplishing the purpose of Buddhism.

Qi of Shaolin Qi Gong is simply an innate comprehensive force that can be released abruptly and obliviously. Internal Martial Arts of Shaolin relate to Qi Gong while External ones concern fighting bare knuckles and using accepted weapons. Advancing in Qi Gong involves controlling movement of Qi and blood while staying quiet, standing or sitting still, or laying motionless.

Wholesome practice of Qi Gong can result in experiencing Qi through numb, warm, or hot hands by the third day. After a period of 3 to 6 months, you can fully control Qi and form Dan Tian using the stomach.

Qi Gong has three rules

  • Regulating your breathing coordinating it with the body.
  • Concentrate on your mind removing distracting thoughts.
  • Keep your body coordinated naturally.

The 8 Master Postures of the Shaolin Temple

  • Open the bow, aim, and set off the arrow - to drive the internal energy to the furthest limit.
  • With open palms, holding to the earth and heaven - to adjust the balance of the internal energy.
  • Get rid of any illness from the body by tapping the heel seven times.
  • Turn back left and right - it relaxes the body and eases any tension.
  • Twist the back and turn the head sideways, back, and front - helps to ease muscle tension and relieve the stress.
  • Hold the ankles with both hands - to strengthen the internal organs.
  • Increase your strength and energy by thrusting forward while holding a closed fist.
  • Expose and release yourself to the heavenly gate - helps in balancing internal energy in the body.

Taiji Quan (Tai Chi)

The introduction of Tai Chi

Taiji quan is a very popular "blooming flower" in the modern Chinese "gardens" for Chinese martial arts styles. "The flower" has been under tremendous refinement plus enrichment for a long period of time thus acquiring a rich history. It has a history which has spread far and wide, leading it to be glorified in the international arena as a global health strengthening practice. Learning Tai Chi is remarkably beneficial for improving ones health. In Chinese modern society, it is suitable for everyone, from kids to the elderly. Many people have become familiar with it and actually love it.

Tai Chi in relation to Kung Fu

After developments running thousands of years, many styles of Taiji quan has been created, although originally it had been created as Kung Fu, it has grown continuously to bring value in the spiritual and strength health. Tai Chi therefore is a type of Kung Fu that is able to use soft strength in restraining the strong power of an opponent. Its among the major excellent internal Kung Fu; its listed among top three which includes Xingyi, Tai Chi, and Bagua.

Therefore, learning Tai Chi is very remarkably advantageous in especially improving ones health. In the Chinese modern society, its very suitable martial arts for young children and adults. Its is taught by professional Tai Qi Gong Fu masters in our academy, and it has been taught for many years and the masters have extensive experience. Tai Chi is a term that is from the Chinese traditional philosophy which is translates to The originof the universe plus supreme and unique.

The origin of Tai Chi

There is a widespread legend that has been spread down generations about Tai Chi fist. During the Ming Dynasty, there existed an outstanding man who looked down on fame and wealth; he was a very skilled martial artist. His name was Zhang Sanfeng. At one time he competed with one strong man; Zhang tried his best to defeat that person but could not defeat him using his external force.

So in order to defeat this person, Zhang put his efforts in researching Chinese martial arts for a better fist. At the end of the day, Sanfeng managed to create a new fist. In the second competition with the strong man, Zhang used the new distinctive skill to defeat him whereby he used the mans skill in defeating hi. This technique appealed to many people and eventually Taiji quan became a famous story.

Wudang Kung Fu

The introduction of Wudang Kung Fu

The Wudang martial arts sometimes referred to as Wudang Kung Fu are martial arts collections that had originated from the Wudang Mountain from the Central parts of China. Its Taoists martial arts that are recognized globally but its actually different from the equally popular Shaolin Kung Fu.

The Wudang Kung Fu is a specialized martial arts form that enjoys the same position with the Shaolin Kung Fu in China, thus goes the popular saying in China that, pay respect to Shaolin Kung Fu training in the north and pay your respect to Wudang Kung Fu in the south. The Wudang martial art is able to follow Taoism. Taoists follow a philosophy that maintains that one trains Kung Fu for the pursuit of good health preservation and longevity plus for self defense when need be.

The origin of Wudang Kung Fu

Wudang Kung Fu is understood to have been founded by a local Taoist by the name Zhang Sanfeng. There is a widespread legend that has been passed down about the Taiji fist. It says that there existed an outstanding man during the Chinese Ming Dynasty by the name if Zhang Sanfeng who had excelled highly in martial arts.

He had in him that unusual quality and strangely never had an eye and despised both wealth and fame. At one time he had a competition with an extremely strong person and was unable to defeat the person using the external force hence dedicated his efforts thereafter in researching different martial arts until he created a new fist.

In the second subsequent competition he used the new fist and a very distinctive technique in defeating the opponent where he namely used the mans incredible power to defeat him. Late the technique became so impressive among people thus became a famous technique with Taiji Quan. Therefore we can conclude that the Kung Fu originated from the Taiji boxing which had originated from Zhang Sanfeng.

From a book called Taiji Masters Lineages that is found in the Chinese library indicates that Zhang Sanfeng had gone to Mount Zhingnan when he was aged 61 years old and he chanced to meet an immortal that was called Dragon Fire who later transferred his knowledge on inner alchemy when he had known that Zhang was a competitive martial artist.

Then Sanfeng travelled in various resorts in the south and later settling in Mount Wudang. Then there he taught a set of boxing to Zhang Songxin and Zhang Cuisan which became the original form of Taiji boxing. And because there are only thirteen forms it was later called the thirteen forms Taiji boxing.

Among the forms is the stretching out and stamping, chopping downward, and squeezing, picking up and using elbow, changing place and leaning against symbolize separate eight forms, while others including retreating backward and moving forward, turning to left and watching to left and last sating in the center consists of the five remaining elements.

Its also based on the Yi and Yang-Qi theory that is aimed at regulating eventual the inner organs. It also includes other soft movements that are able to imitate animals like snakes and cats, monkeys and others hence being able to sooth inner mental state and be able to harmonize with the inner operations plus immune system strengthening.

The Taiji boxing later developed quickly to include different styles today including Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun styles boxing competitions. Indeed, thus its a very popular Kung Fu which popular among the Chinese mostly after the unification. Today it has grown to include ancient nutrition, defense and offense Kung Fu and other forms of alchemy. Hence, it has been able to ensure inner strength and bridge between hardness and softness and in changing positions according to circumstance.

Modern Wudang Kung Fu

Nowadays, Wudang Taoism federations offered more than 28 schools of Wudang boxing forms, 17 schools of Wudang weapon forms, and 9 schools inner Qi Gong, such as:

Yin Yang Ba Gua Chang

Wudang Taiyi Five Element boxing

Wudang Pure-Yang boxing

Wudang sword

Wudang Tai Chi boxing

Taihe boxing

Wudang Heavenly-Gate Chikung

Wudang Moon-Watching Chikung

Wudang Southern School, etc.

Bagua

The origin of Bagua Palm (Bagua Zhang)

The Majestic Bagua Palm is also referred to as Bagua Yousheng Lianhuan Palm. The palm originated from the Wen An county in the Hebei province and created by Donghaiquan. The palm forms as part of the Neijia Fists. The Neiji fists are defined as fists which focus mainly in the elements of training, the refinement of personal potential and spirit plus the internal energy. On the other hand, the Bagua Palm elements include the interaction of the palm plus movement of the feet. Its able to combine both the internal and eventual concentration of the breath and the external movements.

The creator of the Bagua Palm, Donghaiquan was probably born during the 18th year of the Jiaping emperor in the Qing Dynasty. Its said that he had become an apprentice of an old Taoist in the Xuehua Mountain in the South part of China. The master had then spent more than 10 years in teaching him peculiar martial arts that at the same time marvelous. Then his master would give him a book that was named Heluluoji, which he was supposed to sturdy the book in detail. With an inspiration from the book with the help of the Yi theory, he was able to put the scattered techniques into a set of Kung Fu which is currently known as the Bagua Palm.

Bagua Palms characteristics

The Bagua Palm movements are renowned to be very soft while agile at the same time, thus, making easy for a person to move around and move forward just like a snake in order to hit an opponents lower part. With such quick movements, a person training the Bagua Palm could be able to cope with several opponents at the same time.

In Bagua, the basic principle is to be able to understand the movements that are between the stances of the body and the palm positions.The patterns that are mostly used of the Bagua Palm are the single-changing palm and the double hitting palm, double changing palm and the penetrating palm, turning around palm and the saying palm, the pushing upward palm and the revolving pal. These patterns are the simplest to learn and are much essential in the efficiency of the whole Bagua Palm.

The shapes from the Bagua Palm include the facing upward palm and the erected palm, the fingers downward palm and the chopping palm, the penetrating palm, and the pushing upward palm plus more other shapes. The shapes create the essence and meaning of the Bagua Palm and they are of much essence like the patterns of the palm. The steps of the Bagua Palm also include the twist inside of the feet and the moving with large steps, twist outside the feet, and the stepping from an up positioned to a down positioned stance. These steps like the patterns and the shapes forms part of the Bagua Palm and should be learned as essential as others.

The Bagua Palm has been used in many occasions in the past as a combat method.

Baji

The introduction of Baji Fist (Baji Quan)

Baji fist, one of the northern fist styles, also called Kaimen Baji Quan, Baji Fist, Bazi Fist, Zuoshaxing etc., is a kind of DuanDa fist style. According to the most popular opinions about Baji fist, it originated from the Hui-people of Cang County in Hebei province.

Its first generations of descendants came from Martial Artist Wuzhong who lived in the beginning of the Qing dynasty. Being aggressive and violent, Baji fist is closely connected with the military system. Because it is vicious and has a very destructive power, it has been used for imperial martial arts, specially protecting politicians in modern history.

The bodyguards of people such as Fuyi (the last emperor of the Qing dynasty), Mao Zedong (the first chairman of the Peoples Republic of China.), Jiang Jieshi (the president of the Republic of China) are all Baji fist disciples. It is very popular nowadays in Northern China and Taipei, and has also been introduced abroad in Japan,Korea, France, India, America, Canada, etc. It was chosen as one of the first batches of national intangible cultural heritage in 2010.

As for Baji fist, it came from a great but strange man, called Lai, who was skilled in Martial Arts in the beginning of Qing emperor, Yongzheng (1478 - 1735). Wuzhong, Hui people, who came from Cang county of Heibei province, took in advantages of many schools, inherited from his master and then created Baji fist.

He single handedly attacked the Southern Shaolin temple and won, his abilities were superior to that of the imperial lord (Yinti), and were known to everyone, so he built his own style. Wuzhong, born in 52nd year of Qing emperor Kangxi, died in 7th year of Qing emperor Jiaqing.

Baji Fists classification

Baji refers to eight very distant places as the hands can reach as far as possible because they move around all sides. Kaimen has four meanings; the first is to be independent and unique, the second is to take in disciples and communication, the third is particularly about 6 "Kai" and 8 "hitting-forms", (6 "Kai" refers to Ding, Bao, Ti, Kua, Chan, and Dan), both of which have the ability to create power in 3 forms - creation, explosion, and invulnerability. The fourth is to be enlightened to realize the truth.

Baji fist style has unique characteristic as a martial art; simple moves, aggressive and explosive force, violent ups and downs, powerful extension and various movements. Its power is violent, made by Qi, and with heng, ha sounds. Baji movements can be described like the the tense bow, exploding like a bomb, moving the whole body, as quick as lightening and with conformity of power stomping, twisting, colliding.

Contact is usually close to the body, giving off a natural threat. Moves imitate ten kinds of animals like dragon, tiger, bear, deer, monkey, big bird, rooster, crane, camel, and snake; power come from ten moves like Dou, Suo, Leng, Han, Lue, Beng, Cheng, Ting, Shu, Heng. It was formally authorized as one of ten Chinese splendid fist styles by National Sports Committee and Chinese Martial Arts Experts Association in 1997.

In Baji Quan, head and feet connect Qian (sky) and Kun (ground). Shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip face to four directions. Arms are separated back and forth by symmetry, holding Qi in middle Dan tian. Make Qi with mind and drive power with Qi, integrate the hands and feet, integrate the knees and elbows, integrate the hips and shoulders, integrate mind and will, integrate will and Qi, integrate Qi and force.

It has furious and fierce power, which is swift, flexible, changeable, and mysterious. Baji fist pays a lot of attention to attack and defense techniques. For its application, it speaks of Ai, Bang, Ji, Kao, making use of every bit of time, defending, and attacking at the same time.

Baji fists characteristics

Baji fist style belongs to Duan Da fist, movements are very aggressive. In regards to techniques, it suggests blocking and grabbing explosively, hitting powerfully, embodying the characters such as Ai, Bang, Ji, Kao and Beng, Han, Tu, Ji. The power originates from the heel, goes through to waist, all the way to the finger tips, and has a great explosive power filled with an art of attack and defense. Because the movements are very aggressive and explosive, a saying in Chinese folklore says: it is Yin and Yang Tai Chi culture that guarantees the universal peace, and it is Baji fist that stabilizes Qian and Kun.

Baji is not only famous for its aggressive techniques, but also famous for its close quarters combat application. The most famous one is Tie Shan Kao (push with body close to). When practicing Tie Shan Kao, Baji disciples usually use their body to hit the wall, trees, and logs. The key point of it is to get close to it, as close as kissing someone, hitting him with shoulder. It seems that power comes from the shoulder but actually the twisting power which is made by waist and hip does great harm to people, who can be taken down as well. 6 "Kai" combines six powers, which is explosive and destructive, however, about Tie Shan Kao; there is a very important Baji kick, which is called Cuo Ti (rubbing kick).

Doing Baji Fist is like walking under the mud, kick lower than the knees. Cuo Ti can just embody this character, it requires that foot step under the opponents knee, and foot is the best part to land. So this kick is not as destructive as other kicks, but it mainly aims at breaking his balance, achieving the efficiency of beating him down with less power but more technique.

Additionally, it is one of the fists that pay attention to the combination of normal training and sparring. Sudden up and down movements and constant approaches once combat is initiated, the biggest quality of Baji attack. With its great practical value, some characteristics are adopted by military and armed policemen when practicing Qinna, take downs, and combat. The Qis circulation way in Baji: starts from the lower back, gets stronger in neck, originates from the waist, step like walking under mud, with Qi going down instead of up.

9 requirements for body gesture

  • Keep body straight and mind clear
  • Relax shoulder and keep Qi down
  • To be straight externally and to be round internally
  • Keep neck straight and upper body closed
  • Shake hips and bend waist
  • Improve the coordination of the feet and hands
  • Let the Qi go through the power
  • Whole body attacks together
  • Concentrate on Dan tian

Baji Fists techniques

The basic rules for Baji Fist attack: dont move until the opponent starts moving. If the opponent moves, we use hands as the temptation to lure other people to move. And then, we keep attacking and breaking through the opponents guard. With this simple philosophy, we can beat the opponent.

The techniques of Baji Fist: for the upper body, we should hit it slightly. For the middle body, we do Ai, Bang, Ji, Kao. For the lower body, we control and try breaking the balance. It is particularly about attacking continuously with whole body. For the higher attack, we dont block with Chan; for the middle and lower attack, we dont defend with blocking upward. We ignore right and left punches and pay more attention to the middle punch.

We step backward rather than stepping forward and give a kick once stepping forward. We attack once moving, trying to keep stable once stepping backward. We keep guard the front side of body, kick effectively anytime, keep eyes not only stare at one place, keep punching at not the same part.

Baji Fist is with 6 "Kai" and 8 "hitting forms" as main techniques. Liu dakai, forms mainly include: Jingang Bashi, Bajixiaojia, single or pair exercise, Baji liu zhoutou, Baji 6 kai fist, Baji luo hangong, Baji black tiger boxing, twenty-four lianshou fist, Baji si langkuan, etc. Weapon forms (in Chinese name) basically include: Baji liu heqiang, Liuhe daqiang, Ti liu san yindao, Baji liu hedao, Baji xing zhebang, Pudao, Jiugong chunyang jian, etc.

Mantis boxing

Mantis boxing in Yantai city

The city we located Yantai (Laiyang) is the birthplace of Preying Mantis boxing. The Preying Mantis fist or Tanglang Quan in the Chinese language was a popular fist during the Han Dynasty. The fist alone holds a rich history that goes beyond 200 A.D. The fist is very important when in close combat, hence also named the short hit fist as one of the best pictographic fists.

To learn mantis fists seriously, there are professional mantis masters in our academy. The mantis fists are essential and offer great value in improving a persons health. It was a popular fist in certain cities, mostly in the city of Laiyang in Yantai, as well as the City of Qingdao. At the same time, the fist had originated from Yantai, thus gradually spreading to other cities in China and all over the world thereafter.

The origin of Mantis boxing

The Mantis fist was created by Wanglang. There is a popular legend about Wanglang, which indicates that during the Han Dynasty, there existed a skilled martial arts warrior by the name Wanglang. He had spent a lot of time roaming many Chinese cities and places and thus managed to make a number of chivalrous friends and also was fortunate to meet numerous masters who were able to teach him a number of great skills. He later lost in a Kung Fu competition, and he was devastated and distressed.

While lying under a locust tree, he saw two praying mantises battle viciously over an insect. The mantis had assumed various positions like hooking and jumping, defending, pulling, and locking. Inspired by the mantis movements, he then imitated the mantis movements, therefore creating a structure of the mantis fist. He then continued practicing until he became very skilled.

He then went back to challenge the man who had defeated him and subsequently outmatched his opponent. Wanglang would later integrate the parts of famous 18 fists, as well as adopt monkey movements in the forming the fist. Thereby, the mantis fist could then be perfected become the fastest and most agile fist ever.

Sanda (The art of Chinese kickboxing)

Chinese kickboxing

Sanda is a type of kickboxing that originated from China. It means real fighting in English but the natives had slang for it - technical combat or sharp hitting. Practically it involves two fighters engaging each other without any supportive equipment. This form of kickboxing is unparalleled and sets its own practical style. It is a major martial arts style and very common with the Chinese. Its technical part involves blending the conventional fist forms of Chinese Martial Arts with application of unique style. The Chinese came to formally recognize during the National Technique Competition held in 1979. During a fight, one can attack by way of Hitting, Wrestling, Kicking and Controlling your opponent body movement.

Sandas techniques

During a kickboxing event, one has to combine the right art of posing and proficiency. A ready pose sets the fighter in a prepared mode to battle. Sanda can be used as a form of exercise to keep your body fit and flexible in such a way that one can make sharp automatic hits. The quick hits ensure your opponent has little or no chance of hitting back as he concentrates on trying to block. It a very effective technique and can be used for personal defense.

Sanda techniques are highly appreciated and one has to follow the procedures for exercising it fully. Upon an engagement, one can either left or right pose depending on your preferred method. The common left pose involves moving the left foot forward at a distance equivalent to the width of your shoulder from the toes of the right foot. The left foot should step flat firmly on the ground for stability while the right foot is elevated at a small angle from the ground.

This posture ensures the chest is raised a bit while the stomach draws in backwards. To achieve this, both your knees must bend a little so that the gravitational pull acts upon your body from the right. Thus equilibrium is achieved to help maintain stability of your body during the fight.

To enable quick movements and easy blocking, the left arm is set backwards horizontally and bends at an angle of 90 degrees while the fist gets aligned with the lower end of the nose. Your right arm should also surge backward bend roughly at 45 degrees. The priority of your eyes should be set on your opponents upper body.

While fighting or practicing, the clenched fist, knee, and the step movements must always be utilized to enable you wrestle, defend, and attack. This is the dominant concept of Sanda. Whether the right pose or left pose is in play, the same concept applies, but this time in opposite position.

Attack

Practicing Sanda gives a competitive edge both in martial arts and real battle. Learning Sanda can protect and self defense. It distinguishes your ability and enhances strength, sharpness, bravery and skill.

Making firm and quick steps in either left, right, backwards, or forward enables you to shift the body position. This is vital in maintaining body balance and enables easy defending and making diverse and quick attacks. In Sanda, there are nine commonly used steps; Ji, Gai, Cha, Cekua, Nei, Dian, transferred step step, forward, and backward step.

Perhaps this is the most effective way of winning your opponent by making quick, relentless and coordinated hand, leg, and knee attacks. This confuses the opponent as he tries to defend the assault targeting different parts of the body. This gives you control over the adversary and you can make an ace hit easily.

Defense

Defending yourself is the ultimate purpose of training in Sanda. You must protect yourself to avoid being hit or badly injure by the opponent. Maintaining a firm yet flexible pose gives you opportunity of hitting and defending at the same time. A defensive movement should always be followed by a counter attack.

The Quan

A fist has to be clenched and surged in way that it has a maximum effect on the opponent. It must be firm, targeted and fast enough not to miss or be blocked. The common Fist movements are; straight fist, Hooking fist, Bai fist and the whipping fit. All are applied in different scenarios and depending on the posse of your opponent. Combining the quick step movements with sharp quick fists can is very effective in winning you opponent.

Leg movement

Leg hits can be very effective especially if the adversary is at a distance that hinders the efficient application of the fist. However, the leg has to moved very fast with a lot of strength and target a definite part of the of the opponents body. One can make a sweeping move, sway the straight leg or stretch it forth. Combining the step and leg movements can be deceptive and very effective in hiding your intended hit.

Wrestling movement

In Sanda, wrestling is used to take down the adversary. This gives the fighter an advantage as the opponent can only make minimal moves with his hands and legs. Witty, subtle, and quick movements of the step and leg must be made to give no room for defensive action

Knee movement

Knee movement is one of the most powerful hits that can be applied. This skill is very effective while hitting head, abdomen or chest of your opponent. However, it can only be effective in a close fight.

Xingyi Quan (the efficient Chinese Martial Art)

The origin of Xingyi Quan

One of the oldest forms of martial arts in Chinese Kung Fu is the Xingyi Quan. It started in the Southern Song Dynasty ten centuries ago. Its fundamental theories and scientifically accepted precepts is founded on a comprehensive and sound school of thought.

The Xingyi masters have knowledge and skills of various forms Kung Fu, which originated from different persons. The renowned masters trained soldiers to apply this art of fighting during times of war in the southern Song Dynasty. This type of Kung Fu was widely accepted as wounded soldiers could not exercise Gong Fu - a conventional popular way of fighting during combat.

The soldiers had to learn this art in order to defend their territories. A renowned patriotic Chinese general who braved many wars found it advantageous to train and enhance his soldiers Art of war by applying Xingyi fist form. This form is a witty blending of Wuxing with actions imitating the motion of specific animals. This art evolved from making subtle movements to using the mind to control the inner and outer actions.

The name, Xingyi fist, was founded by a respected Guo Yunsheng who is credited for refining the Art of fighting. He is regarded for modernising it to include the five major constituents; metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. This is also known as Wuxing in Chinese lingo and is similar to the five forms of Xingyi Fist; chopping, Beng, Zuan, Pao, and Heng fist.

Xingyi Quans theories

The associated theories inspired the Xingyi fist and accompanying weaponry. The whole concept is based on contemporary Chinese doctrine; moreover, there are other twelve imitative techniques which are based on the movements of the following animals; the dragon, tiger, horse, cork, pear, sparrow hawk, monkey, eagle, swallow, crane, cat, and snake.

The major concept is to maintain flexibility of a dragon, the firm shoulder of a bear, the agile nature of an eagle, and produce sound like thunder. Xingyi Quan concentrates on mind controlling the Qi to collaborate with internal strength and the physical motion.

This is the fundamental concept of Xingyi Quan - uniting external acts and internal energy. This renders it a unique and efficient form of fighting. Additional benefits include general improvement of the trainees health, taming the soul and extending ones life.

Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy

The introduction of Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy

If you're looking for a Shaolin Kung Fu school in China that teaches traditional Chinese martial arts and embraces Chinese culture, our training school on the Kunyu Mountain completes your search. The aim of Kunyu Mountain Martial Arts Academy is upholding martial arts and advocating morality, and educating people with moral integrity and purifying souls.

Since 2003, we've trained hundreds of students of all levels with positive reviews on the art of Kung Fu training here. Surrounded by the majestic and deeply spiritual Kunyu mountain range, birthplace of Taoism (Quan Zhen Religion), our Kung Fu school offers you every opportunity to learn Kung Fu and expand your horizons.

This academy is the only Shaolin martial institution authorized to receive any international students for Kung Fu study in Shandong province. This is from the Shandong Province Education Department, Foreign Affairs Office and Public Security Department. An important aspect of our Kunyu mountain Shaolin martial arts academy China is that the Ministry of Education through Chinese Department of Sports authorizes us as a legitimate academy of Kung Fu foreign trainer.

Training in Kunyu Mountain Martial Arts Academy

The curriculum of our academy includes several known fist forms in China: Shaolin fist and weapons, Wudang Kung Fu, Tai Chi and weapons, Winchun, Baji fist, Mantis, Xingyi, Bagua, Plum, and Sanda. Apart from those styles, students in our academy may learn many kinds of traditional style, such as Baduanjin, Yijinjing, Neijinyizhichan, and Hongsha hand, as well as a high level internal Qi Gong - kinkong ligong.

All the fist forms and the Qi Gong come from their original birthplaces and their pure inheritors, embodying their conventional feature in teaching and learning. For example, our Chen style Tai Chi master Xudelin went to the original place of Tai Chi - Chen jiagou, Wenxian, Henan province many times for further learning.

Wing Chun fist and Baji fist master Guo went to the birthplace of Baji fist- Cangzhou of Hebei province many times to seek original Baji as well as going to Guangdong province to stay about 7 years to pursue the original Wing Chun essence.

Furthermore, headmaster and vice headmaster Guo are the 24th generation of authentic disciples of Chinese traditional internal exercises Jingangligong. Headmaster is also the well accomplished disciple of Shaolin temples abbot - Shi Yong Xin.

Chinese Kung Fu morality

Chinese Kung Fu is a traditional and cultural treasure of Chinese nation, as well as the magic culture pursued and admired internationally. The charm of martial arts is due to its deep cultural connotation. Now, Chinese martial arts have been spreading across the world with the development of the globalization.

If you want to practice martial arts well, you must understand martial arts morality. Only those who possess excellent moral characters can have a positive heart and a more clear, broad, and unselfish mind. They are capable of abandoning all distracting thoughts and external disturbances to practice hard and focus on exploring the essence of martial arts.

Thus upholding martial arts and advocating morality is regarded as the basic principle of our academy as well as the characteristic of operations - all the students studying in Kunyu Mountain Martial Arts Academy will first get a spiritual purification and will be unified by the great cultural value, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, or origin.

Combination of practice, application, and sparring

Since the founding of our academy, we have been based on the tradition of never losing the basics. In martial arts teaching, we require every master to not only teach students every movement and every form well, but to also teach them the meaning of the attacks and defense methods as well as the cultural connotation behind the movements. We are dedicated to helping every student to achieve this purpose: learning the external forms, understanding their spirit and truly experiencing the awe of martial arts.

Traditional martial arts are the fighting techniques developed by ancient people for survival in battles with bare hands or with weapons. It consists of kicking, striking, take downs, catching grappling, etc. It achieves the purpose of self-defense, improvement of physical fitness, and the cultivation of will-power. It does so, by way of forms and methods of resistance: attack and defense techniques of bare hands and weapons. Therefore, martial arts never separate from combat; its first aim is to spar to achieve the capacity of self-defense. Martial arts without fighting cant be real martial arts.

The academys students

Since we opened in 2003, we have had many short term and long-term students study here, for choosing to learn for one year, two years, or longer. From their time dedicated here, they received a Master certificate and degree to help them open a Kung Fu school or martial arts club in their local hometown.

We have specific plans for the students who have different aims here. For example, the students who are interested in kickboxing, that will be given more Sanda and application training, as well as more internal exercises and conditioning practice, to help them get more explosive power and resistance.

Through the training of internal exercise, the students can heal themselves at the same time; for the older students who prefer keeping in good health and fitness to kickboxing, master will arrange for them to do more Qi Gong and Tai Chi fist, using the soft and peaceful martial art forms and internal exercises (including static and dynamic). These two systems in conjunction help both students and masters have good training.

The academys masters

All the masters in our academy are masters in different fist styles and national champions and selected by the headmaster very seriously. After testing their techniques, moral character, a probation period, and earning all the staffs and students recognition, then, they can stay in the school. Besides the good Kung Fu skills, they must have effective training methods and honorable virtue as well.

Our academys Shaolin Kung Fu masters are warrior Shaolin monks from the original Shaolin temple. In order to maintain high Kung Fu training standards and performance, the academy reviews the masters and translators professional skills annually. Other Kung Fu styles such as Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Wudang, Xingyi, Bagua, Baji, Mantis boxing, Sanda (Chinese kickboxing) are taught by highly skilled, top masters with many years of teaching experience.

The headmaster, vice headmaster, and most of the other masters start training at a young age and have rich experience with teaching martial arts. Combined with the body characteristics of foreign students, they make high-efficiency and scientific teaching way from their many years training experience: training with both internal and external systems, power and skill, sparring and forms, technique and theory, unified syllabus and teaching students, according to their aptitudes.

The masters teach both martial art training and traditional culture. Teaching by personal examinations, as well as verbal instruction, inspiring with encouragement, practicing with grading, and testing with competition. Every master always teaches through these teaching methods, making sure their high teaching qualities are maximized in use. Even when old masters leave and new masters come, new masters can still keep the schools syllabus to teach students, always keeping the training quality high.

All school masters and staff are dedicated to improve academy and develop traditional Chinese Kung Fu. With the wisdom of Shaolin monks and the combat skills of our masters, you'll succeed in this scenic land that's rich with Chinese history and culture tradition.

Humanistic teaching - respect teachers and love students, making a harmonious environment

There is an ancient words in China: The first is teacher, lifelong is father. Martial arts practitioners will take a kind person as their master, study modestly, respect masters, and promote traditional virtues of Kung Fu. As far as traditional Confucianism concerns, respecting masters and attending to the principles of traditional martial arts in the cultivation of the Kung Fu education. Therefore, respecting masters and showing love and care to students is a part of Chinese traditional martial arts culture.

In order to better inherit Chinese Kung Fu, our school requests that masters and translators to care foreigner students who came long way to China from home, and may meet many difference. When this happens, all masters and translators are their relatives who are happy to help them and accomplish their training schedule. At Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, there is a mutual respect between masters and students, making this school a harmonious training and living environment.

Competitions

Competitions give our students the unique opportunity to exercise the skills they've acquired at our Chinese Kung Fu school in front of a public audience. Our students get top places competing in national and international martial arts competitions. The element of competition pushes students and masters to break old records and improve their Kung Fu, kickboxing, and martial arts skills.

More than 200 championships since 2003

  • In 2009, three of our kickboxing students won for the Russian team at the International Martial Arts Competitions in Yantai, China.
  • In 2010, some of our students and masters participated in the Shaolin martial arts competition and got excellent records.
  • In 2011, we attended the International Traditional Martial Arts Competitions in Yantai and achieved excellent records.
  • In July 28 and August 8, 2012, we took part in the International Traditional Kung Fu competitions held by Yantai for two times,and got great records.
  • In April 2013, we joined in Hongkong international Martial Arts Festival completed the competitions successfully and achieved excellent records and Gold medals.
  • In 2014, students took part in the International Traditional Kung Fu competitions held in Hongkong,and achieved excellent records.
  • In August, 2014, students got old medals and certificate from Three competitions: Yantai martial arts competitions for twice and Beijing one.

Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academys regulations

There are strict rules in academy to make students to attain more disciplines and focus on training to improve themselves.

Learners must respect their masters, translators. You should co-exist in harmony and avoid bad atmosphere within the academy.

Help fellow learner who got difficulties in the training instead of mocking of others.

Respect each others belief and faith.

Drugs, tobacco, cigarettes, alcohol, and gambling are prohibited. If you are caught with drug, you will be dismissed straight away.

Noise should be kept down. No inappropriate word is allowed to be spoken in the academy.

Keep yourself and your living quarters clean and tidy.

Let your master know your destination and get his permission to leave if you want go outside for night.

In order to create a good training atmosphere, students cannot take any female outside to the academy except for his family for visiting.

All students in the academy have to obey the rules of the academy. Highlighting the worth of respect is an important way in school. We are dedicated to make harmonious learning and living environment for both learners and masters.

In formal martial arts early morning training, it starts as early as 6 a.m. all week long from Monday to Friday.

It is advisable for students to wake up earlier in the morning so that you can get fresh air breathing along the road on the mountain to walk or run.

During the week from Monday to Friday, it is better to students to sleep before ten at night so as they are able to recover energy to study the following day.

The working hours for the school staff are between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Its expected for students to respect the working hours.

During the weekends, there are master and translators on duty.

Questions about Chinese martial arts can be asked at anytime in normal class.

There is free time for everyone other than the kitchen staff on weekends.

We are located in sacred Kunyu mountains, environmentally protected mountain of natural beauty and cultural importance. It takes one hour from Kunyu mountains to the center of coastal modern Yantai city, Shandong province. At the base of the Kunyu Mountain is where we claim our peaceful presence. We are located away from the distractions of big city. That fact allows students to experience a serene environment for training, and grow in strength and spirit.

Yantai City, the city we located ,as named as one of the most suitable residence for people in Asia by United Nations Settlements Program, and the city is rich in various fruits, especially big cherry, apple, pear, and sea food, that are famous in China even in the world. Yantai city was awarded one of the most charming cities in China, neighboring Qing Dao city.

Activities
  • Fitness center
General
  • Caf nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Free! Bottled water
  • Free! WiFi/Computer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

All meals served satisfy the dietary needs of students and most cooking in the academy is done in Chinese fashion. In the morning, there is milk, porridge, bread, soybean milk, and eggs. Lunch is also served in Chinese fashion and includes three dishes, one with meat, one vegetable dish, one egg dish, seafood, rice, fried chips, and soup. Dinner menu is similar to lunch menu. The drinking water is from natural water drawn from a protected spring of national park in the Kunyu Mountain. Everyone can drink directly from the tap.

Our cooks also make Chinese dumplings and noodles once a week, fried fish, fried chicken, Chinese style bacon, sweet and sour pork tenderloin and seafood, fresh fruits, several times a week. The cook may also provide chilies for those who prefer them. There are also big feasts where the masters and students eat together. We also provide meals for vegetarians. There are 15 vegetarian students are currently enrolled.

Weekend and national holidays

Every weekend, the students are given the free time to relax, enjoy the scenery, and go on a little sightseeing trip. Each student can roam around the next city or nearby attractions as long as they ask permission and inform their masters of their plan.

We have several days off for Christmas, New Year, and Chinese Lunar New Year. The student can stay in academy and train if they want. There are master and translator on duty. Students can ask for two weeks holiday to go back home if you wish.

Local attractions

The school is surrounded by historic places and ancient scenic spots. You can see the lake while the Quanzhen Taoism Temple is next to school. Wu Ran Temple, Ma Gu Temple, and Nine Dragon Pool, are close to our proximity. The mountain cave in Taoism temple with eight statures inside, Yan Xia cave. It is said the founder of Taoism meditated for many years in ancient times. All of these wonderful places support our students' learning and create the perfect place for mastering China Shaolin Kung Fu. Yantai city offers a lot of entertainment and recreation activities for you. You can try out the different cuisines offered. Or enjoy shopping around for your personal needs and souvenir items.

Ma Gu Temple

Aside from those attractions, you can also visit the Ma Gu Temple, located at the east side of Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy. This temple and the Wu Ran Temple, which is also at the east side, are considered to be historical and scenic attractions. Some of the main attractions within the Ma Gu Temple are the Ma Gu Tomb, the San Guan and Cai Shen Palaces, Yue Lao Ancestral Temple, Hua Spring, and the Bixia Pavilion.

Nine Dragons Pool

Nine Dragons Pool is located on Kunyus Mountain Northern sides having a steep cliff. At the center of this cliff, you will get natural stone ponds, nine in total at different sizes. The largest pond measures 6 meters and at 3 meters deep. Looking at it, one thinks it is a dragon climbing a mountain.

According to the history here, it is said that these dragon broke laws in heaven and was casted on the mountain. You can see the bottom on the pond because of the clean water. These nine dragons fall measures 1 kilometer high. This is a rare spectacle of a waterfall in Shan Dong. The main point of attractions to people here includes Dragon King Palace, Immortal stone, Heaven Pond, and the Nine Dragon Waterfall.

Quanzhen Taoism Temple

On the north side of the academy, the Bo Ocean is located and on the south side, the Yan Xia Cave is located. It is the original place of the Quan Zhen group of Taoism. Meanwhile on its west side, the nine dragon pool which is another scenic spot is located. Aside from the pool, the Dragon King palace, Heaven pond, and Immortal Stone can also be visited here.

Sacred Kunyu Mountains - the origin of Taoism

Our Kung Fu training school is at the foot of the sacred Kunyu Mountain and has been praised by past students as the perfect place to study Chinese martial arts. With deep culture and a serene mountainous landscape filled with masterful trainers, this protected area of natural beauty has become China's cornerstone of Kung Fu training.

This natural beauty is surrounded by the benefits of the city and makes our Kung Fu school one of the most accessible Chinese Kung Fu schools surrounded by mountains. There are public tourist buses and taxis from our school to the center of Yantai City. Also, the nearest town, Muping District, is filled with modern conveniences like big supermarkets, shopping malls and privately owned stores. These nearby places give students an opportunity to shop for daily necessities and experience Yantai culture.

Taoism Temple and Yan Xia Cave

To the south of our Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, there is the Taoism Temple and Yan Xia Cave. It will take about 5 minutes walk to these scenic attractions. We usually train there and have mountain run each Friday afternoon.

It is said the founder of Taoism meditated for lots of years in the mountain cave, Yan Xia cave. There are eight statues inside the cave, got respect from people. Yan Xia cave made of natural rocks. The Quan Zhen religion under Taoism has made the cave their novel place. The Quan Zhen of Taoism leader called Wan Chong Yang arrived from Xian Yan located in the eastern parts of the Zhong Nan Mountains in 1167.

He called the followers together inside the cave and taught them. Qiu Chulji was among the seven followers and became known as Seven Immortal. Their properties that include imperial edict tablets, bronze tablets and statues made of stones are under protection.

Wu Ran Temple

To the east of our Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, there is the Wu Ran Temple. Wu Ran Temple is built in the Kunyu mountain peak on the Southern region. It was built during the East Han period and became known as the first Buddha temple in Shandong province in the eastern part. During the 1887 Qing Dynasty, the Wu Ran Temple came up with inscriptions. The meaning of this was that the area is far from the villages, peace, relief, and home of clean.

Today, the Wu Ran landmark has become a forest environment, cloud rocks, green pines, colored eighteen lake, Grand Canyon measuring a thousand meters. It also includes waterfalls, streams valleys and the springs. This is then called a minor Jiu Zhai. People coming here get attracted to the Queen Mother Bathtub, Li Long Culture Square, Mary Temple, King Qi tomb, Jiangbei Wang magnolia, old ginkgo, and Aqua Park.

Yantai City

Yantai, the closest and most populous city near the Kunyu Mountain, has been considered one of the most strategically significant cities throughout China history. Since being one of the most significant cities the early ages and being called the "Black Horse in Northern China" for its economic success in the 1990's,Yantai's popularity and modern advancement has continued to soar.

Yantai literally means "smoky tower". In the ancient Ming Dynasty, locals used wolf dung to light fires to warn the whole village to pay attention to approaching enemy; the city was then named Yantai by people. In ancient times, Emperor Qin Shi Hung, Han wu Emperor, and Tang Taizong all left historical traces in Yantai.

Located just far enough away from the city, Kunyu Mountain's beautiful surroundings support the training and spirit or our martial arts practices. Yantai has won the titles of National Civilized city and Chinese Best Leisure cities consecutively. The nearby city's growth never interferes with our practice and the mountain air is as clean as ever.

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Distances

Yantai Laishan International Airport, 80 km

Arrival by airplane

You can book a flight from your hometown to Beijing or Shanghai, the capital city of China.

Then you can change to a domestic flight from Beijing to the Yantai airport (55 minutes; around 90 USD for economy class).

From Shanghai to Yantai, flight will be one hour and 10 minutes and around 115 USD for economic seats.

It's easiest to book your flight or train from Beijing to Yantai Airport in your hometown before your arrival. Sometimes you cant buy it during the peak hour after you arrive in Beijing, so it may delay your trip.

Flight Number: CA1585, Departs from Beijing: 8:00, Arrives in Yantai: 9:05, Duration: 1h 5m

Flight Number: SC4856, Departs from Beijing: 9:40, Arrives in Yantai: 10:50, Duration: 1h 10m

Flight Number: MU277, Departs from Beijing: 10:10, Arrives in Yantai: 11:35, Duration: 1h 25m

Flight Number: CA1545, Departs from Beijing: 12:25, Arrives in Yantai: 13:35, Duration: 1h 10m

Flight Number: MU5136, Departs from Beijing: 15:10, Arrives in Yantai: 16:10, Duration: 1h

Flight Number: CA1555, Departs from Beijing: 16:00, Arrives in Yantai: 17:00, Duration: 1h

Flight Number: CA1593, Departs from Beijing: 19:00, Arrives in Yantai: 20:00, Duration: 1h

Arrival by train

Take train from Beijing to Yantai (15 hours; around 30 USD).

There is only one train from Beijing to Yantai (K285) that leaves Beijing at 4.30 p.m. and arrives at 6.28 a.m. the next day.

There is one train from Shanghai to Yantai (train no. 2582 / 2583) that leaves Shanghai at 11 p.m. and arrives at 5.56 p.m. the next day.

High-speed rail will be due to open towards at end of December of 2014,at that time, that will be very convenient for students to take train from Beijing to Yantai train station (or from Shanghai to Yantai), it only take about 4 hours.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy an inquiry.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Niclos English from Australia

    "I came here because I wanted to live somewhere I can train frequently and live nearby. China is the home of Kung Fu. I came to learn Kungfu forms and was very impressed by master Sun. He knows many forms and is an excellent Shifu. I also improved a lot in flexibility and endurance."

    "Master Sun was a great influence and help. The senior students were also very helpful: Megan, Eyal, Damier, Chris (Swidish), Daniel, Jamal, Adeline, Andreas, etc."

    "I really enjoyed my time here and like the way we trained. For me personally I came to learn form, improve flexibility, acrobatics, etc. So I would prefer more forms and stretching and less sanda."

    "This place is beautiful! Thank you all. I will miss everyone. Students, translators, masters. You are all great."

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  • Review by Andrey Boro dachel from UK

    "China is the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu so it is the best place to study the art. I also love the history and culture of China and really wanted to visit the country."

    "The greatest gain I received is mental strength. With this strength I have learned to motivate myself and to keep going even when things are bad."

    "The most and best help I received was from my master. He is an expert in the art and so knew what I needed to improve my skills. He also knows when to push you."

    "Everything was done according to a well planed timetable. Every day there was different types of training, optional classes like mandarin and massage, and we were feeling like very tasty variety of Chinese food. The masters are exerts in their job and knew exactly how to push us. They were also help by good English speaking translators."

    "The academy is situated in a natural park which has beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers. On weekends we traveled to a big clean Yantai city."

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  • Review by Tom Van Coeren from Netherland

    "I have always wanted to visit China. Furthermore, I have always loved martial arts, so I combined the two. I achieved Mental growth and peace in Kunyu mountain shaolin academy."

    "Everyone influenced me a lot, but by far the most is Gaoshifu and second, Bo, another student of masters Gao. My sparing against Bo was very inspirational for me. Life is simple, quiet and peaceful in the academy. Masters, translators and all other work staff work together every day for all the students. Together they make the experience worth it!"

    "Yantai city and Muping are fun, but you might get bored of it. The surroundings of the school are beautiful. People will never get bored of the mountains and lakes."

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  • Review by Arne Kukkonen

    "I chose China as a country to learn Kung fu because China is the birthplace of Shaolin. I was motivated by the principle of this art, for Kung fu is meant to cultivate the spirit and unlock the true power of human being."

    "My greatest gain from my studies is the understanding that 2 months as a training time is nothing but a potential for a good start in the art of Kung fu."

    "Training schedule in the school is very good and I also like them.Translators are doing a very good job everybody to make students understand the masters."

    "The surroundings of the school are very pure and good. It is good to have a city nearby so if somebody needs something to buy."

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  • Review by Keith Rios from UK

    "I would like to study kung fu in a traditional kung fu school in China since i was a kid. It took many years to do it. And I’m really glad that my dream became real."

    "My greatest gain was to learn from passionate masters and motivated students, and having a feeling of being in a big kung fu family."

    "Everybody influenced and motivated me. It was an incredible energy. The experience in the academy helped me to train my spirit. Mind and body again, living a pacific life in Kunyu mountains. The translators try to help every time they can. The masters haven great experience; they are very patient and push us to the limit, so we can achieve another level in our training. I’m grateful to have a chance to learn from them."

    "The location from the school it´s in an incredible place surrounding for the Mountains and wonderful lakes. Sometimes we went to the mountains and lakes to training. On weekend we can visit another cities like Yantai, where we can go to the beach, restaurants, bakeries, etc, but without exaggeration, because Monday begin the kung fu train again "

    "Thanks to everyone and special thanks to Sifu Gao. I send here this little present with a feedback together."

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  • Review by Samantha Jacqueline from Netherland

    "I came to this school because a friend of me went to this school a year ago and she told me about her amazing time she had here and the experience. I always wanted to train in a kung fu school in China so I decided that this was time to go! I am glad I did it and will never forget it."

    "I like the power training on Wednesday and the big mountain every once in the 2 months. I didn’t follow the optional classes because I wanted to train. It’s nice that you can choose what you wanted to learn in private class. And I really loved the privet classes with shifu Sun (to learn snake form). I am really glad that shifu Sun is my shifu. I learned a lot of him and I like the way how he coached us. I also liked it that the groups are mixed with men and women."

    "Shifu Sun and other students. I asked many students to help me with different forms and everybody was really kind and helpfulness."

    "I was really happy with my master, he was good! The translators were nice. I really loved the environment (the mountains and the lakes!), it’s beautiful.Thanks for every this 2 months, I enjoyed the time!"

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  • Review by Rebekka Anderfuhren from Switzerland

    "I have always been interested in Martial Arts. Studying Kung Fu full time for about a year was a dream and it seemed impossible until I discovered this academy. This is an academy with highly trained Chinese Shifus for international students and it's not expensive, I can actually afford staying here for a while!"

    "In these 10 months of training I have learned a lot. Physically: I have learned the basics of Shaolin Kung Fu as well as Taiji, Qigong and Sanda. My coordination has greatly improved and so have my balance, flexibility and fitness. As a nice side effect I have also lost a lot of weight. "

    "More important to me is what I have learned mentally: I have become more disciplined and self confident. Where I used to see a problem, I now see a challenge that will make me stronger. Probably the most important thing I learned here was the little expression “not yet”. If you asked me 10 months ago whether I can do a kick up or not, I would have said: “No, never!” Three months later I answered the same question with “not yet” and today I can actually do it. And there are many other things where I thought: “I can never do it” and now I can. So today I don't say no anymore, I say “not yet”."

    "I consider myself very lucky to have been assigned to Shifu Gao’s group. He is not only a great martial artist but also a great teacher. He knows how to push his students so we get better and better. And he somehow manages to keep the spirit of the group up so we enjoy the training most of the time."

    "The people from my group are also really cool. In the beginning of my stay I had no idea what I was doing and the older students helped me a lot to fit in. That's how it works in this group and also in the whole school: the people here are supporting each other. I also find it impressive that there are generally no problems between people from very different backgrounds. Everybody is respected here as long as they are ready to work hard."

    "Life is simple in the academy in Kunyu Shan. Every week looks about the same, so you always know what you can expect and what you are expected to do. You don't have to remember a to-do list or any appointments, your only responsibility is to show up for training punctually and to behave appropriately. For me that was a relief. Back home there is always so much to remember. Here I only have to do one thing: training. This way I can really focus on training, there are hardly any distractions. This is probably also one of the reasons why the training in this academy is so effective."

    "I love living in this academy. Both the masters and translators are very kind people, always ready to help you. The masters are all very qualified. Some of the translators don't speak English perfectly, but they are always good enough to communicate."

    "The surroundings of the academy are beautiful. There are the mountains around the academy which look awesome no matter in which season you come here. The air is good and there is a very nice lake nearby where we can go to swim in summer."

    "In fact I love everything in this academy except the food. Turns out I don't like Chinese food a lot. But that was no problem, because in each season you can buy fruits from in the area – and the local farmers sell them surprisingly cheap."

    "If you read this feedback because you are thinking about coming to this academy, I have some hints that might be useful for you."

    "A) Before you come here please ask yourself one question: Do you want to train, work hard and learn something or do you want to have a nice holiday?"

    "If you are looking for a nice holiday, this is not the right place for you. You won't be happy here and you probably won't get along well with the people here. "

    "If you are ready to train hard, you will have an awesome time here. You will gain a lot and spend your time with great people. You will be happy that the rooms are simple and there are no distractions. You will see that training in summer as well as in winter makes you stronger."

    "B) Bring your own running shoes, but buy training shoes here. And of course: run in your running shoes, train in your training shoes. This might not make a big difference in other sports, but for Kung Fu running shoes are really not suitable. And on the other hand running in Kung Fu training shoes might hurt your ankles. It also helps a lot to start running regularly before you come here."

    "C) You can learn many different styles of Chinese Martial Arts in this academy. Optional classes: No matter in which group you train, you can always join optional classes in Tai Chi, Qigong, Xingi, Mandarin, massaging, acupuncture and Taoism."

    "D) In China everything connected to Google is blocked. That means you cannot use any Google-products. For example you cannot use Gmail, Google-Chrome, Google-maps, Google-translator, Facebook, Youtube and Dropbox – unless you have a VPN (for example “Express VPN”)"

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  • Review by Belinda Mo from USA

    "I was looking for a place far away from home where I could train, and get more fit mentally and physically. I sought self improvement through discipline, peace and calmness. There are many things that I found have benefited me, but I think the greatest class is Qi Gong. It has brought a new element in my life, which is stillness. Many of the students have helped me out greatly, and have trained me outside of class. And of course, Master Sun has been an invaluable teacher."

    "Training has really helped me get into amazing physical shape. My cardio, strength and flexibility have all increased a lot. It feels very peaceful here; it is nice to be able to focus on you. The masters clearly put a lot into the training and the translators do quite a lot for the school."

    "I absolutely love the mountains!!! The nature here is super calming. I can’t help but breathing better and feeling happily when we go into nature."

    "Thank you for everything!!! Much love, I will miss this place so much! I hope that everyone here will do well for themselves."

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  • Review by Gabrile Errico from Italy

    "Passion for martial arts and the curiosity of study the possibilities that martial arts could offer me. The most motivating person was a colleague from work which was the one who first introduced me to the arts. I noticed his attitude, generosity but in he was different and I was impressed how smoothly, bravely he could handle every day’s problems; so he stole my world. I wanted to know more, after a while I decided to come to China, the birthplace of Kungfu."

    "The greatest achievement it’s probably the real ideation that I can’t stop working with myself and my emotions. I also gain in health. I used to have legs pain and pain and the training here for sure helped me, kind of fitted me. I won’t give up sports, for not sure."

    "Every one, everyone just have a piece of themselves to let me grow. I have to say, some people have bigger pieces and I am so great full.Training it’s awesome; you have enough time to rest of practice some more if you like."

    "I loved to have week-end off because normally I always used to work back home."

    "The working staff it’s always pretty helpful, and the masters unbelievably acknowledged, so there is always something new to learn."

    "The air around the academy is very nice,the mountains surrounding the scenario is amazing as well as the super nice monks living by the mountain, in the temple near the school. I won’t forget them."

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  • Review by Skafti Eliosson from Iceland

    "We spent one month in Kunyu mountain shaolin kung fu academy as China is the birthplace of Kungfu.An old dream motivated me,so I am there with my son. We trained Wing chun and also improved Better condition and flexibility.Ariel and fellow students also many help to us. Overall is very good experience in the academy. Good teachers and fellow students. Surroundings are beautiful and the mountains here are stunning. It is fine to visit Yantai city."

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  • Review by Kinga Family from Poland

    "Kunyu Mountain Shaolin kung fu Academy is providing fantastic training and if your are coming here to get stronger you will definitely leave satisfied."

    "Our family - me, my husband Mariusz and our 8 year old son Oskar came here for one month to practice traditional Shaolin kung fu. We enjoyed every hard day of training from 6am to 6pm. We loved the classes in natural surrounding when we were heading up the mountains to the temple. Waking up with Taiji was great. Power training and power stretching were super hard but rewarding."

    "Our Master's words power and faster will stay with us and hopefully we will be able to use them in everyday life to become stronger and quicker."

    "It was a lifetime experience! "

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  • Review by Benjamins Puits from Belgium

    "I am really grateful to this amazing experience at Kunyu mountain Shaolin Kung fu academy. As a Belgium citizen, I always dream of joining such a nice setting."

    "I feel calmer and I know more about my body..I would start by praising Shifu Gao, whose rigorous training led to push my limits. I am proud of what was accomplished here, and I highly recommend the extra training, as your Kung fu is as serious as you are."

    "Only by training hard and respecting the values my master taught me could I find who I am. Life here in Kunyu mountain is good, translators nice and efficient.The Master helps me a lot. He improved my boxing skill and he was always there to answer my questions. The training was hard but it’s very important, don’t give up.I don’t know much about Yantai but the mountain is a very nice place and very quiet."

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  • Review by Daram Pandian from UK

    " I wanted to get out of a big city (London). I have always, from a young age been interested in China and its history and culture. Benefited discipline, routine and focus. Waking up at SAM every morning Having set hours for classes, meals and sleeping. Qigong – learning and improving my ability to find peace within, despite the noise and distractions of the outside world. My master was excellent – I learned a lot from him. The fellow students helped a lot also. Older students were always willing to help."

    "My experience at the academy was brilliant. I really enjoyed it. Master was excellent – pushing me when I needed it and also explaining things very well. The translators were all very helpful and friendly and I engaged talking to them. Daily life here with all the fellow students was very enjoyable. Beautiful."

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  • Review by Loc from French

    "In 2011, at the end of my engineer studies, I decided to go in Kunyu mountain Shaolin kung fu school to learn more about Chinese martial arts. The three months I spent really open my mind and amplified my interest for it. I was studying Shaolin here, but also kept going to master Guo’s Qi Gong class every day. When I came back I kept practicing and did some research about Chinese internal styles, that where totally new to me."

    "After a few months working in big Company, I noticed that most of the time, powerful people take advantage of the others; especially kind people are often exploited if they don’t know how to answer to aggressive management. Lot of people lost the connexion to their own body and mind and let bad habits slowly but surely draining their energy and make them weak, make it very hard for people to overcome the difficulties. To me, martial art is one of the best ways to overcome the common demons that the westerner’s life is bringing and all the bad and unhealthy habits, so I started to plan to come back to train in China for a longer time."

    "I finally came back after two years to train with master Guo. By training and observing my master, I am now convinced that he is the perfect model as a martial artist, as a teacher, and as a man: he has as well high technical skills, a great patience and a clever way to teach, he is able to adapt to any people wanting to learn and help them to get the best of the training. Last but not least, master also show the best example of good morality and principles. He often insist on the fact that martial arts is not just about having good skills at combat or forms, but also to develop our inner strength, our willpower, good health habits, and a “Gentlemanly” attitude. He show by his example that kindness is not a weakness, and that a man can be very powerful and at the same time honest , calm, and still being respected. "

    "This spirit has also been spread to the group, which is like a big family. Older student take care of new students. Training here is not easy every day, sometimes you will have small injuries and pain, sometimes you will feel exhausted in your body or in your mind, but you always have someone to rely on: your kung fu brothers and sisters, the elder students, the translators, the masters. Even for the people that are a little bit shy or not comfortable in a group, as long as they take their training seriously they will feel part of this family, by working hard together people are building a strong link. When I started, I had a lot of trouble as well for the physical and technical part: my stamina was very bad and I had a lot of trouble remembering all the moves. But thanks to hard work and thanks to the older students, who always took time to show me things again and correct my mistakes, I did better and better. In November 2015 I had a little accident on my knee during a sparring. I remember all the people taking care of me, other students as well as the working staff, translators and masters. This experience, even if it start with an accident, was very heartwarming, I really feel like I have a home here. Thanks to all this support I was able to recover quite well. I also had a lot of support to help me coming back to training and to be more careful."

    "The surrounding contributes to a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere. It’s a pleasure to see the colors of the landscape change with the different seasons. The winter is cold and summer very warm. If you need a little bit change you can travel to the closest city, Muping, and get any supply useful for your daily life. You can also enjoy some good chinese food in the restaurants. For special occasion and if you really miss western food, you can also go to Yantai, which is a bigger city."

    "I am still training at Kunyu mountain and plan to stay for a longer time, so if have any questions about daily life or training here, feel free to contact me. I would be glad to answer you. "

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  • Review by Philine Von Hirschheydt from Switzerland

    "I have always loved martial arts. Many years ago I heard of someone who had been to a kung fu school in China, and ever since then the idea has been in my mind."

    "I have made much progress in my time here, especially in form of flexibility, stamina and physical power. Qigong, Taichi and the spirit in the academy also had a very strong and positive influence on my physical, but also on my mental and spiritual wealth. "

    "I am very thankful to my Shifu, Master Sun, for his friendly, patient and encouraging guidance in all parts of the training here. Also the fellow students have influenced and helped me greatly during my time here, not just the concerning training but also many other aspects of life. "

    "The training here in Kunyu Mountain academy is hard, but rewarding. I loved the training here. There is also a lot of free time to take a walk, play games on the courtyard or watch movies with other students."

    "The surroundings are very beautiful and definitely worth exploring, if you have the opportunity. "

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  • Review by Philine Von Hirschheydt from Switzerland

    "I have always loved martial arts. Many years ago I heard of someone who had been to a kung fu school in China, and ever since then the idea has been in my mind."

    "I have made much progress in my time here, especially in form of flexibility, stamina and physical power. Qigong, Taichi and the spirit in the academy also had a very strong and positive influence on my physical, but also on my mental and spiritual wealth. "

    "I am very thankful to my Shifu, Master Sun, for his friendly, patient and encouraging guidance in all parts of the training here. Also the fellow students have influenced and helped me greatly during my time here, not just the concerning training but also many other aspects of life. "

    "The training here in Kunyu Mountain academy is hard, but rewarding. I loved the training here. There is also a lot of free time to take a walk, play games on the courtyard or watch movies with other students."

    "The surroundings are very beautiful and definitely worth exploring, if you have the opportunity."

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  • Review by Cerelia Lee Maskarinec from USA

    "I chose to study in China after doing several years of martial arts back home, including Shaolin, Bagua, Xingyi,Taiji, Kendo. I wanted to be able to study in a more intensive environment, and achieve my dream of going to China to learn. I was motivated by a desire to improved myself and gain a higher understanding of Chinese martial arts, as well as a dream to live abroad and to improve my mandarin after studying the language for a couple of years prior. "

    "I think my greatest gain has been a mental one, because of different beginning of training when I arrived. This was the first time I had traveled out of the United States for more than a couple of weeks, and there was definitely an adjustment period. Despite the training difficulties, I learned to work through discomfort in a way I had not had to before at home. I also began to try to overcome my chronic knee issues, and my pain tolerance has definitely increased."

    "I also felt that I gained a lot from optional classes, and from living here and experiencing a different culture from my own. Being able to go out to Muping and Yantai and interact with people was really a great opportunity, not to mention the international community here in the school."

    "I feel very lucky to have the privilege of studying with several shifus, especially Master Gao, who has been very influential to me. He always pushes students to do their best and to overcome their limitations, and I am fortunate to have experienced his teachings. The translators her are very helpful, and I am happy they were willing to answer all my questions and help with anything. The atmosphere of school changed my perspective as well, and I feel much more open to trying new things."

    "I arrived in the fall of 2015, and after a few difficult weeks I began to find a rhythm. Translators and friends at school were quick to help and to assist with anything, including forms and everyday things. The training remained very intensive, but I enjoyed it and learnt to move past mental blocks. The masters were all very friendly, but also not afraid to push their students. After nearly eight months, I can look back and remember a lot of different classes, events, performances, and good times with fellow students. I am grateful to have learned so much, and to have met so many amazing people."

    "The surroundings of the academy are very beautiful, and especially in Spring and Fall the view from the nearby temple is picturesque. The air quality is very good, especially compared to cities like Beijing and Shanghai. The mountains and lakes in the area provided for a great natural setting, and the farming community creates a very nice atmosphere. Muping and Yantai city make for fun excursion to see a bit more the area, and it is always interesting to see the daily life in different cities. The proximity to the ocean is also a nice feature, and it is difficult to feel isolated if you can travel around the ocean a bit."

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  • Review by Samuel Dusatko from UK

    "I came to china to learn martial arts and to change my life style. It was always a dream for me to learn Chinese kung fu and I wanted to learn discipline and different ways of life."

    "I spent One year in Kunyu mountain shaolin martial arts academy and gained a lot of experience in the kung fu styles Wing Chun and Baji fist. But the most I gained and learned is about myself and about ways of life. That you have to work hard to make a difference for yourself and for the people you care about."

    "The most influence I had from my Master. He is really the most kind person and good teacher I have met so far. He is patient and passionate about his teaching. And he is dedicated to teach martial arts for all his life. To find someone like this and to be a student is and was a great honor. "

    "We trained 5 days a week and every day between 4.5 and 6 hours. It was a good routine to get a foundament of basics and a great way to gain fitness. The surroundings of the academy is a small village with a lot of mountains nearby. The people are very friendly and you get a welcoming atmosphere."

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  • Review by Laura Jane Ellis Brown from UK

    "After 4 years of studying mantis kung fu, I decided to travel to China to study kung fu in a traditional setting,then,I came to traditional Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Kung fu academy."

    "From my time training here, I have greatly improved in basic training and have furthered my skills in mantis Kung fu. Aside from the Shaolin Kung fu, I have also learnt a great deal about myself and have many lifelong friends."

    "Life in the academy is amazing. The training is challenging and intense making it an incredibly worth while experience. The masters are professional, patient and well experienced people. The lessons I have learnt from them in regards to training, treatment of others and in everyday life, I will take with me as I continue forward in life."

    "The area surrounding the academy is truly majestic. I have gained from the locals, who diligently care for the land, a new appreciation for nature."

    "Overall my experience has been an awesome one and I would definitely recommend the school to anyone."

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  • Review by David Robb from UK

    "Coming to China To learn kung fu was always a dream of mine. It makes sense to study kung fu in the country of its origins. "

    "I arrived in January 2016, it was pretty cold but the training keeps you warm. I studied wing chun under Master Guo and his disciple Ariel, the training was good and progressive, and the language barrier was not an issue as the translators were very good, plus Master Guo can speech enough English to make himself understood. "

    "The training was hard but enjoyable. The master’s disciples Loc and Ariel were very good, always willing to help and “go the extra mile” in order to teach. The classes are also helped by the monitors, long term students, all of which are approachable and knowledgeable, Eldad, Sam, Clement, Yean and Jeremy all made me feel very welcome and at home."

    "The academy is situated in the kunyu mountain national park, an area of absolute beauty, with the Taoist temple just 20 minutes’s walk from the academy. Yantai city is an hour and a half journey from the academy. The city is very modern by the contrast of kunyu area and you can find anything you could need there. The training here has been hard, physically and mentally. it is a steep learning curve, but if you put the effort in, you will gain physical health benefits, such as strength and endurance as well as your newly acquired martial arts skills and a boost to your confidence."

    "I would suggest coming here to anyone I know as it would be a beneficial experience to anyone both physically and mentally."

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  • Review by John Chin from UK

    "I am John from UK and spent a whole year course at Kunyu mountain Shaolin kung fu academy.My greatest gain from my martial arts study was patience, calmness and resilience and seeing how the masters taught there students. "

    "I've wanted to come to China ever since I was a young boy and to experience my grandfathers culture since I am part Chinese myself, And have always wanted to study Tai Chi."

    "My Masters (Shifu Guo and Xu) influenced me the most while at kunyu academy with the continuing patience and persistence, dedication to teaching martial arts, but I loved all the masters at kunyu Shan . "

    "My training was 5 days a week up at 4-5 am doing strectching then Tai chi and chi gong,my whole training day was between 6-5 a day. I suffered with a lot of general stiffness and very painful and tight hip area and ankles, the masters were very understanding about this and indulged me."

    "The Surrounding area of the academy was beautiful and breathtaking the scenery to die for and Yantai was a lovely city. Thank you for the experience and great memories I shall never forget them."

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  • Review by Florian De Smet from Belgium

    "I chose to come to China to study Kung-fu mostly to learn about the Chinese Culture, a new way of living, and mostly to learn about myself. And if I can, get in shape in the same time!"

    "I had absolutely no experience in martial art before, but the idea of training his body all day to improve his own way of thinking, his spirit and his mind was an idea who seduced me. First you need to train your body to understand it, and then you can start to understand your mind."

    "I also chose to come to China to train to be able to stay away of all the eastern ways, thoughts and everything that is in your way to be able to completely focus on your training. "

    "My greatest gain from my martial arts training is the way of thinking that my Shifu, Shifu Gao, taught me, taught all of us. He once said that even if everything seemed to be dark, there is always a small light in every moment. And we need to focus on that small, positive light instead of being drowned in the darkness around it. Because there is always something positive in everything, we just need to find it.I will never forget what he said, because it changed something huge in my mind and, even if it is sometimes really hard, I will always try to think and live that way. And I gained a lot physically and mentally after 6 months of training here. I can do some exercises I couldn't think about before."

    "During my stay and my training, everyone in the academy helped me and influenced me. In the training or in the daily life, everyone has something to teach to the others. Of course my Shifu, Shifu Gao, helped me and influenced me the most, by offering us an amazing training every day, by always pushing us forward and motivating us, by giving us good advice, by being an example for all of us, and much more.And I had the chance to train with the best group of the academy. People always eager to train, ready to motivate you even if you're feeling a little bit down, having an awesome kung-fu spirit. The training with all of these members was like a dream, and every day was a pleasure to meet and train with them."

    "I couldn't thank them all enough for what they offered me in every aspects of my life during my stay. Even though in the beginning the training is really hard (and so are the mattress), after two weeks we start getting used to it and we can finally enjoy our period in the academy. The training takes place all day, and we have the possibility to join the optional classes like Taiji, Qi Gong. And for those who are really motivated we still have so free time to train on our own. "

    "The translators are all really friendly and they don't hesitate to help us if we have a problem. They make the life in China a lot easier for us. Big thanks to all of them!And the masters are really friendly and experts in what they are doing. We have the amazing chance to train under amazing masters here and they don't hesitate to help you if you need or a friendly reminder for your form."

    "The surroundings are really nice if you like the mountains. You can see the mountains everywhere from the academy, and there are really nice places to take a walk during your free time."

    "There is not a lot to do around the academy but if you need something special, you can always go to the city.The air in Kunyu Mountain is really pure (much more than in the big cities), that's a real pleasure. Kunyu Mountain is a really nice place to learn Kung-Fu."

    "Thank you for everything, my period here was amazing, I learned a lot and I will never forget anyone and anything I got the chance to meet and learn here."

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  • Review by Andrew from USA

    "I stayed here for one year to study Chinese Kung Fu. The training is awesome! The variety in the weekly training schedule is excellent for keeping the training interesting from week to week. All the masters have been very helpful and they all seem to very interested in helping every student do well. I am completely impressed with their professionalism in martial arts and with the fact that they are not arrogant about their incredible skills. I am especially grateful to Master Guo for everything he has taught me. He is the main reason I chose to stay at Kunyu School. The translators have always been very friendly and very helpful. They frequently go out of their way to help students and have made studying here a very enjoyable experience. Generally the daily life in this academy is very pleasant. The view around us is wonderful and I appreciate the headmaster is always looking for ways to make the school better."

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  • Review by Isabelle from Canada

    "I went in China to the Kunyu Mountain Academy because I was looking for a one-of-a-kind personal development and an artistic way of practising sports. My experience at the Kunyu Mountain Academy has certainly helped me to develop an incredible personal discipline in many ways: physical, artistic, psychological, and mental. The warm welcome by the interpreters, the quality of the teaching, the masters’ wisdom and the student culture altogether made this journey way better than in my expectations. Every day made me discover my inner energy, which influences more martial arts than does the muscles development. There, I learnt the importance of linking my mental capabilities to my gesture while practising several styles: Tai Chi, Qigong, Wing Chun, Baji and Bagua. Moreover, my most amazing discovery about martial arts was Baji, a style too little known in the world. I literally fell in love with this deep experience of great beauty and great power. It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to participate in many performances and competitions to present this martial art. Really, it has been an honor to have the chance to participate in these activities that made my journey so unique and that helped me feel my master’s recognition towards my efforts. The masters have a huge respect for who we are and what we need, and they know how to interact with every one of us. Their sense of humor brightened my training. Thanks to them, after nine months of training, I feel really more balanced, in control of myself, in very good shape, more confident, happier, and more conscious about the energy that goes around, in me and between each one of us. Everything in the Academy helps us focus more than ever on our practice of martial arts so that we can find our own way and have support to do so. This is why my stay at the Academy became an important experience in my life. Training at the Kunyu Mountain is so revitalizing, so inspiring and so healthy for our soul. It is worth a long stay. I personally think that it is after three or four months that I was able to really feel the big difference brought by a daily strict training, and that I really understood the whole non-verbal education of the masters. Indeed, the masters of this academy are definitely role models that mark a life. They teach us simply with who they are, and not only with what they do. During the whole stay, we discover at which point the quality of martial arts depends on our inner life, and not only on our physical movements. By the way, I think it is essential to participate in the Tai Chi and Qigong classes before breakfast. In fact, everything brings us to take a fresh look on our life. I will never forget my journey at the Academy since it is now part of me and since the learning I acquired thanks to my masters will still continue to influence my decisions. Master Guo, who was my Tai Chi, Qigong, Wing Chun, Sanda, and Baji master during the last nine months, is certainly one of the most important people I have met until now. Sifu Liu, another Wing Chun master, also played a significant role with his strong presence while I was learning Wing Chun and Baji, and with his incredible wisdom, Master Xu, for my first Tai Chi form, and Master Yu, in Bagua, also has an important part of my recognition, just like Master Gao, Sifu Wang, and Master Chen, who are all kind and inspiring people.I would like to thank every one of them. Thank you also to the interpreters, who are like real mothers, and to the adorable staff members."

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  • Review by Jason Andrew Lloyd from UK

    "I wanted an authentic experience in the country where Martial Arts originated,then,I was here and spent three month to train kung fu with master Sun.I now have a love of Martial Arts and I realize that it is not a skill you learn but practice and improve all of your life.My Master Sun with his skill patience understanding and great abilities as a teacher. The students in my group are particularly friendly and helpful. The training schedule is well structured and demanding. There is a good mix of different activities with time to practice alone and with others outside of the class time. The masters are all excellent with very high skill level. I feel lucky to have had access to such a broad range of disciplines to learn."

    "The translators are a great asset and always happy to help us in any way they can.Beautiful very special place. Mountains, temples, big city, life and the sea coast of Yantai Muping."

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  • Review by Galitch Niels Coltrane from Switzerland

    "I have always loved martial arts, when I was little I used to watch a lot of Kung Fu movies. Just before I started high school I went to see a performance of the shaolin monks and that is when I decided that as soon as I finished high school I would go to China to do train in shaolin Kung Fu. I wanted to learn the martial arts in its context and also be able to experience a completely different lifestyle and culture. During my stay at kunyu mounain academy I learned shaolin Kung Fu and a lot of things.I gained a lot physically, before coming here I did not practice a lot of sports but after just a few month of training I was satisfied to see that my stamina and my strength got a lot better. Before coming here I did not practice Kung Fu and I did not have any experience in shaolin forms and basics, when I see what I can do now technically I am very happy. The training was very intense and difficult but I learned that I can always push myself harder and that is my greatest gain here, I learned not to give up and to believe in myself.The most important person during my stay here was of course my shifu (master). He is the one who taught me every thing I know in kungfu, he was always ready to listen if I had problems. Of course all the shifus have their own style and personality but every one of them has a lot of experience and their own method of training. Even though my master Gao was not much older, he had a lot of experience and passion.I am very proud and happy to have trained with him, he had a great personality and was very implied in the way his students trained. He made us work very hard and pushed us to our limit. During the months I spent here I met a lot of interesting people, I started training with strangers and left with a lot of very good friends. I could never had achieved so much if it wasn't for the people in my group who encouraged and helped me.I came to this academy to do one thing: learn Chinese Kung fu, and if your goal is the same as mine, the academy is perfect. The timetable may be a bit hard in the beginning (get up at 5:30 am if you want to do tai chi, 5 hours of training a day, bed time at 9:30pm) but once you get used to the daily life you will be able to enjoy your stay.The surroundings of the academy are very nice, the air is clear and the nature is beautiful. It is a good environment for training because there are not a lot of distractions nearby, for this you can go to Yantai. If you come here during summer you can go swimming in the little lake nearby, which is nice. If you come during winter, you will need bring some warm clothes.As I said earlier, all the masters present while I was staying here were very good, I recommend my master if you want to push your limits and become a sanda/Chinese kickboxing best ! The translators I met were all kind and helpful, I always thought they had done a wonderful job."

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  • Review by Thanh from Switzerland

    "Ive never done martial arts before, so when there is a place to start Kungfu, it should be the country, where it originated."

    "The greatest gain during my 2 months stay is that my body got used to the kicks and punches, doing them or taking them and my mental strength/ willpower got better. Because I had to overcome pain and the fact that the training was hard."

    "When I first got here, I received help from everyone, the masters, the translators and especially from the students. They helped me to get used to the life at the academy and I actually made awesome friends here.The schedule is more or less set. In the morning you start with Taiji and Qigong classes, which were optional, but I was glad. I went into these classes. Theyre set at 6 oclock. Then you get breakfast at 7 am.Afterwards you continue with two blocks of training in the morning and two blocks in the afternoon. These were set out of Sanda, basics, acrobatics, forms, power training, power stretching and Qigong classes. You usually have free time in the evening for optional classes like mandarin or you can just spend time with other students practicing.I love the surroundings here with the mountains, temple, lake and the quiet area. It is a lovely place to train and there arent many distractions."

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  • Review by Alessandra from Italy

    "To find a connection between yoga and Chinese kungfu,I joined kunyu mountain kung fu academy."

    "As soon as Ive never punched or kicked before, this experience worth a lot to me to discover a part of myself. Ive never met before. My master and my companions support me a lot.The training has been quite intense to me because Im not used to this kind of training but my master has been helping a lot in changing my attitude , being very king and patient. The translators are very pleasant people, very kind and nice,they are doing a great job!."

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Shandong, China

Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts is a traditional Kung Fu school in China that offer optional classes that help students learn and feel the Chinese culture.

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